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Key Info

  • Course CodeCR_AGRPA_8
  • Field of StudyArt,Drama
  • Type of CourseCertificate
  • Type of QualificationCertificate
  • Type of Study Part time
  • Application Closing Date30th September 2020.
  • Level8
The Arts in Group Facilitation Certificate (Level 8, 10 credits) focuses on the practical skills of planning and running creative workshops with groups in a range of non-formal contexts. Participants learn these skills through experiential learning processes, taking part in visual arts, drama, dance and music workshops and reflecting on the experience. The focus is on acknowledging the individual within learning, recognising the importance of play and the need for learning to be engaging. There is a strong emphasis on engaging with diversity and learning to adapt a range of arts approaches to meet the varying needs within a group. The programme will be delivered through blended learning, involving face to face experiential learning and online learning. The face to face learning is being designed to maximise the potential of creative learning in outdoor environments. We are adapting to Covid-19 restriction and see the potential of learning in outdoor environments for participants in the programme and for those participants may work with in the future. We are inviting participants to join us with a bicycle to access outdoor learning environments. The course will provide skills face to face in working in physical workshops, classes, centres as well as facilitation creative engagement online.

This course is offed by the CIT CCAD Department of Arts in Health & Education, and is located at No 46 Grand Parade Campus, Cork.


Course fee: €1,400


This course would suit:
  • Graduates who want to work in a health or social context
  • Educators in both formal and informal learning sector looking for fresh ways to inspire learners
  • Social workers/community workers looking for arts based approaches to group work


Why do this course?
  • Learn approaches to group work that take the emphasis off words and place it on finding your own unique voice within the group through a range of possible arts-based media.

  • Develop your creative skills to work with groups

  • Develop and promote confidence and sense of belonging in a group

  • Learn fresh ways to inspire learners in formal and informal learning

  • Develop practical resources and training to work with a wide variety of groups in community and more specialised settings

Delivery & Duration

For the academic year 2020/2021, the programme is being adjusted to blend online and face to face learning as a response to Covid-19 restrictions. A new timetable will be confirmed and it is likely to combine approximately 10 contact days, possibly at weekends, and also involve online engagement other weekends. Details will be provided soon.

  • Online application is open for course commencing 15th October 2020.
  • Location: CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork.
  • Course fee is €1,400 (payable in two instalments) Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €700 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee. You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.
  • Please note: Entry to this course is by interview. There remaining interview slots for 12th September, so please keep this date available if you are applying for the programme. If there are spaces available after this date there will be additional interview dates set.


NB ►  Please upload the following supporting documentation with your application (relevant experience & reason for applying to this course). In order to assess your application, these essential additional documents specific to the application for this programme need to be uploaded to the “Supporting Documentation” section of the online application

  1. Your CV
  2. Download and complete this document of application questions
  3. Art examples. A document with up 6-10 examples of creative work in whatever art form you work with,  (images, web-links, video etc). If you feel that you do not have an arts practice and want to develop your creativity, you are not excluded from applying to the programme. If you have any examples of engagement with creative processes, please share them.

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Course Details

Part-time Information

  • All part-time programmes at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.
  • Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2020-2021 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. 


  • Registration fees for professional bodies etc. are payable separately to these institutions. Students will be notified of their fees by email to their CIT email account and in all cases, course fees must be paid before attending lectures.  For more information on Fees, please visit fees/students

  • Some candidates may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning based on previous academic or work experience. If you think you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning, please check out www.cit.ie/rpl
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